October 7, 2020, 04.07 PM

WASHINGTON, KOMPAS.com – Negative views of China soared in western advanced economies in the past year, according to the Pew Research Center.

The survey conducted in 14 countries, including in the US and other western countries, revealed some telling signs of an increasingly unfavorable perception of the Asian nation.

Negative views of China reached the highest points in Australia, the Netherlands, US, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Canada since Pew began polling on the topic over a decade ago.

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Pew Research Center conducted the survey from June 10 to August 3 and found that a majority in each of the countries polled had an unfavorable opinion of China. In all, 14,276 adults were polled by telephone. 

The findings come against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China, and US President Donald Trump's bid for re-election on November 3, a campaign in which China has been a major foreign policy issue.

The Pew report said that across the nations surveyed, a median of 61 percent of respondents said China had done a bad job dealing with the outbreak, while 37 percent believed it had done a good job.

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Only the United States received a more negative evaluation from those surveyed, with a median of 84 percent saying it had handled the Covid-19 outbreak poorly.

The report said perceptions of Beijing's handling of the coronavirus pandemic had colored people’s overall views of China, with those who thought it had done a bad job much more likely to have an unfavorable view of the country.

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